Egyptian Episcopal Leader Calls for Restrictions on Speech
I like and respect Bishop Mouneer Anis and consider him a godly man but he is 100% wrong in this instance.
The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, Mouneer Hanna Anis, on Saturday 15/9/2012 called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to issue a declaration that prohibits blasphemy.
In a letter to Ban, Anis said such a declaration will not run counter to freedom of speech, but it prevents using this right to insult religious sanctities.
Encouraging the thought police is not the way to stop the violence - as much as we would like to think that would be a solution.
Who would decide what was an insult? If I were to say that I do not believe Scientology is a valid religion, is that an insult or an expression of my beliefs? What if I were to say that ECUSA’s actions have taken it outside the realm of Christianity, is that an insult? Will Bill Maher be forced to walk the plank or taken off the air? Or do we have to reserve the complete tip toe for the radical Islamists or will they be punished when they condemn (or burn down the church buildings or cut off the head of) Christians.
Remember - once a liberty is lost, is likely gone forever.
Of course, the UN will take this request and consider it a mandate.
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